I don't get all the negativity about American Ultra. While it's an… MoreI don't get all the negativity about American Ultra. While it's an underdeveloped, forgettable film, it's enjoyable enough that I sat through it with a smile on my face.
This is a one trick pony that is good for about an hour and 39 minutes, but their schtick manages to power its way through one film. There shouldn't be a sequel. The biggest problem is that they took an original idea and failed to make it a unique movie. Whoever wrote American Ultra missed a number of potential jokes and angles that could have made it much better. The little drag during the film quickly subsided as the story progressed.
I've watched Eisenberg come up through independent films into mainstream, and he's not making the best movie choices. That's not to say he's not picking horrible films, I would just like to see him do more series films. Movies that are fitting of his talents. Eisenberg does make American Ultra work and helps make it better. He and Kristen Stewart do have great chemistry. I also got to see some actors I like but don't see much of anymore, John Leguizamo and Topher Grace.
Although I wouldn't tell anyone to go spend their money on American Ultra, it'll be enjoyable on a movie channel down the road.
Joel Edgerton has done a fantastic job writing and directing The Gift.… MoreJoel Edgerton has done a fantastic job writing and directing The Gift. He had a spectacular duo in Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall to help make this movie successful. Bateman and Hall had wonderful chemistry, with Bateman showing depth.
I thought The Gift was going to be one of those movies where everyone likes it, nobody loves it, so it gets a high rating on Rotten Tomatoes (92%). Quite the opposite. The Gift is big on character development as the movie progresses. It's a key to what makes it so good with all of the main actors give a top notch performance.
The Gift is definitely worth seeing for any thriller fans. If not in theaters, then it should constitute renting. It's also gotten me excited to see what Joel Edgerton does next.
Guy Ritchie makes cool movies with the best characters. He's had some… MoreGuy Ritchie makes cool movies with the best characters. He's had some ups and downs with Sherlock Holmes (I wasn't a fan) and some other movies, but with The Man From UNCLE, Guy Ritchie gets back to his usual style of films. It's not his earlier stuff like Snatch or Revolver, but the characters, the music, and the dialogue put me right back in them.
Through the first part of UNCLE, I couldn't help but think that Henry Cavill wasn't going to be able to pull this off, but he did a good job. The story had a couple of twists, but there wasn't a whole lot of depth. Unlike MI: Rogue Nation, another spy movie out right now, The Man from UNCLE didn't drag at all. The actors and their characters and twists kept the movie progressing.
I want to see more of these characters and they've made it a possibility with the ending. Money is the measurement of whether a movie is successful, so we'll see how it does in theaters. I'd say it's worth going to see. Until then, I'm pulling out Rock-N-Rolla and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels until they make up their minds.
MI: Rogue Nation is an adrenaline filled thrill ride. Tom Cruise does… MoreMI: Rogue Nation is an adrenaline filled thrill ride. Tom Cruise does almost the same character in every movie, but it's an entertaining one. Rogue Nation is a decent story with some drag in between the action.
At well over two-hours, Rogue Nation does have a lot of drag. Its cast kept me watching during the seemingly long bits. I'm a huge fan of quite a few people in this film. Cruise, Pegg, and Renner are among my favorites. They are all leads in their own movies, but they work well together as a couple of them take more supporting roles. There's not a lot of depth to the story, not many plot twists, but it is enough to keep the action sequences going.
The next MI has been green lit and I'm already excited for it. In the meantime, rest assured you will have Rogue Nation to enjoy while they start writing the next. Definitely worth seeing.
The early National Lampoons were campy fun. Nothing classic, but all… MoreThe early National Lampoons were campy fun. Nothing classic, but all were entertaining. Vacation has the cast to carry the series on but not the story. There are laughs to be had, but a few chuckles in an hour and 40 minutes doesn't make an entertaining movie. Most of them were in the commercials anyway. This movie should put a cork in any attempt to reboot this. Vacation isn't worth anyone's money.
Everyone knew the Fantastic Four was going to be bad, and it was just… MoreEveryone knew the Fantastic Four was going to be bad, and it was just that. The cast could have been one of the best ever in a superhero movie. The CGI wasn't all that bad. The movie itself was pointless. Think about the origin stories in other superhero movies. You know, the first 5-10 minutes of most other movies. Now stretch that out for a hour and 46 minutes and make it boring. There was NO chemistry between these actors. Even the brother and *ahem* adopted sister didn't seem to be familiar with each other. The only ones who showed a glimmer of chemistry were Reed Richards and Victor von Doom.
What should have been the first 20 minutes of Fantastic Four lasted the entire movie. It's the origin story followed by the first fight between the good and bad guys. There was some overly preachy guy who kept giving lectures nobody needed. One issue was that the Storms are brother and sister with one being black and one being white. The default they all went to is that anyone paying attention to that is racist. OK, but it ended up being an awkward moment in the movie. The bottom line is that the Fantastic Four is a lame attempt to reboot a franchise. The key to doing that is you have to make the reboot better than the original, which they didn't do here. Three of the worst superhero movies ever made are the Fantastic Four.
The good news is that this movie sucking so bad opens things up for Marvel to take over the franchise. That would be great. Don't bother sticking around until after the credits because there's nothing there. I'll bet they just said "why bother?" You shouldn't bother either.
The decline of Adam Sander continues. Like a weight tied to his ankle,… MoreThe decline of Adam Sander continues. Like a weight tied to his ankle, Sandler is going to let his bad choices stay attached to him and drag him farther and farther into the depths of Hollywood obscurity. His latest kick in the nuts to his fans is Pixels. It's a strange movie that gets worse and more weird as it moves along. The funny scenes are in the trailers. If you want to see the better version of Pixels, line up all of the trailers and watch them over and over for an hour and 46 minutes.
I just don't understand why some of these actors even jumped aboard the S.S. Adam's-going-down. Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan are good actors. My guess is that it's because pride doesn't pay the bills.
There is absolutely no reason to watch Pixels, unless you're a masochist, can't find a book of matches, and really want to suffer.
Yes it's a teen flick, and yes it's good. I won't take much time on… MoreYes it's a teen flick, and yes it's good. I won't take much time on this. The cast is good and the story moves along nicely. Everything sets you up for the obvious ending, but it's well worth the ride.
Paper Towns is funny and worth watching when it comes on a movie channel or Netflix.
Southpaw wasn't supposed to be good. It had a generic story that… MoreSouthpaw wasn't supposed to be good. It had a generic story that misses so many opportunities and would have flopped completely if not for the cast.
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a superhuman performance. He and McAdams have so little time on screen and make the most of it, setting up the rest of the film. Gyllenhaal and the girl who plays his daughter, Oona Laurence, share some hard hitting scenes, as well as Jake and Whitaker. I'm a huge fan of them both. The way Gyllenhaal developed his character, Billy Hope, gave the lame script some pop. Naomie Harris is a fairly well known actress who has done some great movies.
The movie itself lacks in just about every way. The script isn't good, the story misses some great opportunity, and there would be no other way for me to feel anything for Hope any other way than through great acting.
I wouldn't recommend Southpaw to anyone. Even as great as the acting is there are times in Southpaw that you won't be able to think about anything besides how idiotic the whole idea for this movie is. Others, you will be sucked in. I'd say it's worth a movie channel watch so if nobody likes it they can turn it off.
Going into Trainwreck I knew Amy Schumer was pretty funny and Judd… MoreGoing into Trainwreck I knew Amy Schumer was pretty funny and Judd Apatow was a hit-and-miss director. And this is a HIT! Probably because of Amy Schumer. She wrote and starred in Trainwreck. I'm sure Schumer had more than just a little say in how the movie turned out.
The casting was amazing. I know who LeBron James is because he's a good basketball player and someone on his last team screwed his wife. I now also know he's a funny actor who seems to be comfortable in front of the camera. James owned every scene he was in. He had good chemistry with Schumer and Hader, which compensated for the lack of chemistry that Schumer and Hader had. Colin Quinn and John Cena pitched in to make Trainwreck better also. Cena showed that he has a good sense of humor.
The worst thing is the run-time. 2 hours is a long time for this type of film, and it has a bit of drag toward the end. It ended up being worth it though.The lack of chemistry between Schumer and Hader that I mentioned earlier is also pretty big for a rom-com. Obviously it didn't kill Trainwreck, but two actors that seemed to get along even a little would have made it better.
Trainwreck was smart and funny. It's worth watching when anyone gets the chance.